Vermont Division of Fire Safety

The mission is to protect lives and property with a coordinated effort in code enforcement, fire service training, public education, and hazardous materials response. The Division of Fire Safety provides a number of services related to the safety of residents and guests of the State. The Division has four Regional Offices that provide the review of construction documents, permitting, inspections, safety education and training, data management, product or site investigation and response to emergencies. The Fire Academy provides training, certification, data management and training resources for the fire service, and support of the Fire Service Training Council.

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Federal Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Lead Paint Rule

On April 22, 2010, the federal RRP Rule went into effect. The Rule requires all property owners of pre -1978 buildings to comply with requirements related to education, notice to tenants, work practices, and documentation.These requirements are significantly more stringent than the current rules related to Lead Hazards. Please read the following information, and go the links provided here for more detailed information.

Property owners who renovate, repair, or prepare surfaces for painting in pre-1978 rental housing or space rented by child-care facilities must, before beginning work, provide tenants with a copy of EPA's lead hazard information pamphlet Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers, and Schools. Owners of these rental properties must document compliance with this requirement — EPA's sample pre-renovation disclosure form may be used for this purpose.

Property owners who renovate, repair, or prepare surfaces for painting in pre-1978 rental housing or space rented by child-care facilities must, before beginning work, provide tenants with a copy of EPA's lead hazard information pamphlet Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers, and Schools. Owners of these rental properties must document compliance with this requirement — EPA's sample pre-renovation disclosure form may be used for this purpose.

After April 22, 2010, property owners who perform these projects in pre-1978 rental housing or space rented by child-care facilities must be certified and follow the lead-safe work practices required by EPA's Renovation, Repair and Remodeling rule. To become certified, property owners must submit an application for firm certification and fee payment to EPA.

EPA began processing applications on October 22, 2009. The Agency has up to 90 days after receiving a complete request for certification to approve or disapprove the application. Read more about EPA's rules and lead-safe work practices in EPA's pamphlet Contractors: Lead Safety During Renovation Property owners who perform renovation, repairs, and painting jobs in rental property should also: · Take training to learn how to perform lead-safe work practices. · Learn the lead laws that apply to you regarding certification and lead-safe work practices. · Keep records to demonstrate that you and your workers have been trained in lead-safe work practices and that you followed lead-safe work practices on the job. To make recordkeeping easier, you may use the sample recordkeeping checklist that EPA has developed to help contractors comply with the renovation recordkeeping requirements that will take effect in April 2010. · Read about how to comply with EPA's rule in the EPA Small Entity Compliance Guide to Renovate Right · Read about how to use lead-safe work practices in EPA's Steps to Lead Safe Renovation, Repair and Painting

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Rental Housing Codes

This webpage is intended to offer guidance on the health and safety standards that existing residential rental housing in Vermont must meet, as well as the legal rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants throughout the rental process. The information contained on this website is a guide only; it does not constitute a legal opinion or advice.

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